Dutch pensions’ funding ratios plunge further as COVID-19 fears spread

first_imgFunding ratios of Dutch pension funds have plummeted further in the wake of falling interest rates and declining equity markets caused by investors’ worries about the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.Aon saw coverage ratios decline no less than six percentage points to 95% on average in February.Mercer, while using a different calculation method, observed a drop of five percentage points to 96%, while consultancy Sprenkels & Verschuren saw a decrease of four percentage points to 97%.According to Aon, the 30-year euro swap rate – the main criterion for discounting liabilities – had dropped to no more than 13 bps, resulting in a 4% rise of liabilities on average last month. Mercer came up with slightly higher figures. Aon noted that the ultimate forward rate (UFR) – applied to market rates in order to artificially raise the discount rate – had also dropped from 2.1% to 2%.Worldwide developed equity markets fell 7.8% where there was a 50% hedge of the main currencies, Mercer said. Without such a cover, losses were of 7.6%. Emerging markets equity lost 4.4%.Mercer also reported losses on listed property (-4.5%), commodities (-4.2%) and credit (-10bps). Only government bonds gained, rising 0.5%, according to the pensions advisor.Aon said that fixed income portfolios had gained 2% on average, despite the increased credit risk. It concluded that the overall investment portfolios had lost 2% on average in February.The exact impact per pension fund depends on schemes’ investment mix and the degree to which they have hedged the interest risk on their liabilities. In January, the fall in interest rates and declining equity markets already caused a funding shortfall in Dutch pension funds of between 2-3% on average.The €465bn civil service scheme ABP and the €238bn healthcare pension fund PFZW reported funding declines of 3.7% to 94.1% and 3.5% to 95.7%, respectively.Both PMT and PME, the large pension funds for the metal sector, posted a drop of 2.5%. At the end of January, the funding ratio of the metal schemes stood at 96.4% for PMT and 96.2% for PME.BpfBouw, the €67bn pension fund for the building sector, estimated that its coverage ratio had dropped three percentage points to approximately 108% in February.David van As, its director, said the funding drop was merely an indication of the situation, adding that the long-term economic impact of the coronavirus was more important than current market valuations.In November, social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees – under pressure from unions – granted pension funds a reprieve from looming rights cuts by temporarily lowering the minimum required funding level in 2020 to 90% from 104.3%, pending the elaboration of the pensions agreement between the government and the social partners.Although Koolmees hasn’t ruled out an extension of the exemption beyond this year, the minimum required coverage of 104.3% could be in place again in 2021 if insufficient progress has been made on the pensions accord.Commenting on the most recent developments, Frank Driessen, chief executive officer at Aon Retirement & Investment, said that, with the current funding levels, millions of pension fund participants are headed for rights cuts at the end of the year again.“This lays a bomb under the pensions agreement and the quietness created by the minister’s postponement of rights cuts.”Driessen said it is increasingly likely that the Dutch cabinet is to scrap the current discount rate for liabilities linked to the interest-free interest rate.last_img read more

Cricket News Dale Steyn, fiery South African pacer, announces retirement from Test cricket

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Legendary South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from Test cricket, Cricket South Africa said on Monday. “@DaleSteyn62 has brought down the curtain on one of the great fast bowling Test careers of the modern era when he announced his retirement from red-ball cricket with immediate effect,” Over the last few years, Steyn’s cricketing career has been marred by injuries and he was struggling to keep up with his fitness for the Test cricket. He, however, continues to be a national contracted player for the 2019/2020 season in white-ball cricket and therefore remains available for the Standard Bank Proteas in both One-Day International and T20 International cricket, the Cricket South Africa said.“Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much. In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game. It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally,” the CSA quoted Steyn as saying.RELATED”It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all. So I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximise my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport.“I’d like to thank everyone in cricket, no one specific, because everyone has been a part of my journey. And I look forward to continuing to play for the Proteas in the shorter formats. Thank you,” he said.Steyn had made his Test debut against England in December 2004. Known for his brutal pace and probing line and length, Dale Steyn had picked up 439 wickets in Tests at an average of just 22.95. last_img read more

Walker Buehler leads Dodgers past Rockies for 6th consecutive NL West title

first_imgPreviousKenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, celebrates with teammate Max Muncy after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of Monday’s NL West tiebreaker game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Muncy added his own two-run homer later in game. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles DodgersCody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his two run home run against the Colorado Rockies along with teammate Yasiel Puig (66) in the fourth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his two run home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles DodgersCody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles DodgersCody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Max Muncy #13 after hitting a two run home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles DodgersCody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Yasiel Puig #66 and Manny Machedo #8 after hitting a two run home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles DodgersWalker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies beats Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at first base for the out in the second inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after bering called out at first base for the out against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies strikes out swing against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tags out David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies at second base in the fourth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The crowd joins Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he celebrates after the final out of the Dodgers victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The crowd celebrates behind Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after the final out of the Dodgers’ victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate in the ninth inning during the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The crowd joins Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he celebrates after the final out of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pumps up pitcher Walker Buehler #21 before he’s taken out of the game in the seventh inning during the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. Buehler went 6 2/3 innings giving up one hit and no runs. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the NL West tiebreaker game on Monday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Buehler went 6-2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Max Muncy #13 after Muncy’s two-run home run in the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates after his two-run home run in the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the dugout with teammates after his two-run home run in the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out as German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies steps on first base in the second inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Max Muncy #13 after Bellinger’s two-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Max Muncy #13 behind catcher Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies after Bellinger’s two-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the dugout after his two-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a double in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates Yasiel Puig’s double in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Joc Pederson #31 after his two-run home run in the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a nice play to throw out DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases in front of Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after his solo home run in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Manager Dave Roberts celebrates after the Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers pose for a team photo after defeating the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the locker room as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Kenta Maeda #18, left, of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with manager Dave Roberts #30 in the locker room as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers jumps into the arms of teammate Justin Turner #10 as they celebrate in the locker room as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers jumps into the arms of teammate Justin Turner #10 as they celebrate in the locker room as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers has beer poured over his head by teammates as he celebrates in the locker room as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Daniel Hudson of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the locker room as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda celebrates in the lockeroom as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the locker room as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the locker room as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the locker room as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yaseil Puig of the Los Angeles Dodger celebrates in the locker room with teammates as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes a curtain call after being taken out of the game in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after the third out of the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws tot he plate in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he rounds the bases after Max Muncy #13 hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run home run in the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the N.L. West Tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out David Dahl (not pictured) of the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies at first base in the eighth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies looks toward the bullpen during as pitching change against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run against the Colorado Rockies during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger signals safe as he is called out by umpire Brian Gorman as Rockies pitcher German Marquez beats him to first base for an out in the third inning of Monday’s NL West tiebreaker game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler waves to the crowd after being removed during the seventh inning of Monday’s NL West tiebreaker game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Buehler pitched 6-2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waves to the crowd after coming out of the game against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a RBI single against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts on a nice play by teammate Enrique Hernandez (not pictured) against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tips his hat to the crowd as they defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yasiel Puig, left, celebrates with Dave Roberts as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hugs teammate Corey Seager celebrates as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to win their sixth consecutive division championship during a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers points to the sky after recording the last out in the ninth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers players run onto the field to celebrate the team’s 5-2 win against the Colorado Rockies in a tiebreaker baseball game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, sprays Cody Bellinger, center, with champaign and bear in the clubhouse after the team’s 5-2 win against the Colorado Rockies in a tiebreaker baseball game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right sprays Manny Machado, center, with beer in the clubhouse after the team’s 5-2 win against the Colorado Rockies in a tiebreaker baseball game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill is doused with liquid by teammates in the clubhouse after the team’s 5-2 win against the Colorado Rockies in a tiebreaker baseball game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, is sprayed with champaign by teammates in the clubhouse after the team’s 5-2 win against the Colorado Rockies in a tiebreaker baseball game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, sprays Cody Bellinger, center, with champaign and bear in the clubhouse after the team’s 5-2 win against the Colorado Rockies in a tiebreaker baseball game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenta Maeda, center, of Japan, is sprayed with champaign in the clubhouse after the team’s 5-2 win against the Colorado Rockies in a tiebreaker baseball game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, pours beer on Cody Bellinger while celebrating in the clubhouse after the team’s 5-2 win against the Colorado Rockies in a tiebreaker baseball game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his two run home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles DodgersCody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles DodgersYasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after doubling against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after doubling against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a National League West tiebreaker Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, celebrates with teammate Max Muncy after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of Monday’s NL West tiebreaker game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Muncy added his own two-run homer later in game. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles DodgersNextShow Caption1 of 79The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, celebrates with teammate Max Muncy after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of Monday’s NL West tiebreaker game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Muncy added his own two-run homer later in game. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles DodgersExpandLOS ANGELES — At times, they lacked clutch hitting or a reliable bullpen. At other times, they were a little short on starting pitchers or right-handed hitting.But one thing the Dodgers never lacked on their way to a sixth consecutive division title – confidence.Walker Buehler personified that Monday afternoon, holding the Colorado Rockies hitless into the sixth inning as the Dodgers won the one-game playoff to decide the National League West title 5-2.In the giddy champagne-and-beer soaked celebration (their second in three days) after the game, Buehler was asked if he knew he was going to win when he took the mound. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I think I was and our guys were consistent with that, understanding that it’s a long season. That’s why you play 163.”They had to play 163 because of all those things that held them back at times during the season – and because the Rockies rebounded from a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium to win nine of their final 10 games.“At the end of the day, we won the division. Six in a row. You can’t take that from us,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said, more relieved than exultant after giving up back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning. “You saw the last six days – Arizona, the Giants tried to take us down. It shows how good we are. We still got it done. … Here we are again. All that disappointment we went through last year (in the World Series), here we are again to try and get it done this time.”Buehler was masterful in Monday’s playoff. Eight of his first 13 pitches were 98 or 99 mph and he retired the first six Rockies in order before hitting Ian Desmond with a pitch and walking a batter in the third inning.“I was shaking the whole first inning. It’s hard to explain it,” Buehler said of his excitement about pitching in such an important game. “Honestly, I’m pretty happy it was a day game so it didn’t build up on me for too long.”The 24-year-old right-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a one-out single to Charlie Blackmon.By then, the Dodgers had built a 4-0 lead using their preferred weapon – the home run.Cody Bellinger hit a two-run blast in the fourth after the inning was extended on a third-strike passed ball. Max Muncy matched that with a two-run shot of his own in the fifth.Muncy’s homer was his team-leading 35th of the season – not bad for an unexpected contribution from a non-roster invitee who started the year in Triple-A – and the Dodgers’ NL-best 235th of the year (blowing away last year’s franchise record).“That was the plan,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman joked. “Exactly how we drew it up.”Buehler even added to the offense, driving in the Dodgers’ fifth run with a two-out single in the sixth after Kike’ Hernandez had doubled.Roberts pulled Buehler after a two-out walk in the seventh ran his pitch count to 93.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies In deciding to give the ball to Buehler for Game 163, Roberts called him “our best” at this point. It’s hard to argue. Over his final 12 starts of the season, Buehler had a 1.55 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, held opposing batters to a .158 batting average and struck out 87 in 75-1/3 innings.With 16 relievers to choose from for the last time this year (rosters return to 25 for the NLDS), Roberts used four who figure to be vital the rest of the postseason – Pedro Baez, Scott Alexander, Kenta Maeda and Jansen.Baez walked a batter. Alexander gave up a second hit to Blackmon. Neither posed a problem.But Jansen gave up a leadoff home run to Nolan Arenado on his first pitch of the ninth inning and then another solo shot to the next batter, Trevor Story. The back-to-back shots were the 12th and 13th home runs allowed by Jansen this year. He had never allowed more than six in a season previously.“What happened in the ninth?” Jansen said, smiling as he repeated a reporter’s question. “We won the division. That’s what happened.” “I won’t say, ‘Yes,’” the rookie right-hander said, pausing for effect. “But, yes.”In second place just three days ago and as much as 4-1/2 games back in late August – and buried by many when they started the season 16-26 – the Dodgers won 25 of their final 35 games (including six of seven head-to-head against the Rockies) to claim their sixth consecutive division title.The Dodgers (92-71) will host the Atlanta Braves (90-72) in a best-of-five National League Division Series beginning Thursday at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies will face the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in the NL wild-card game Tuesday with the winner advancing to face the Milwaukee Brewers in the other NLDS.Like Buehler, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he lived a doubt-free existence throughout all of the season’s dips and twists.“I didn’t (doubt it),” said Roberts, who asserted multiple times during the season that he still believed the Dodgers were the best team in the National League – usually despite hard evidence of that.last_img read more

Lakers’ Luke Walton wants team to make 300 passes a game

first_imgWalton estimated the Lakers made 259 passes in Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. He attributed that to one-on-one play stemmed from fatigue for playing three road games in four nights. Nonetheless, Walton has mostly liked the team’s ball movement and pace. “That’s a good baseline of how we want to play and if we’re playing unselfish or not,” Walton said. “Once we play better and are more familiar with the plays and each other, as a staff and players, those goals will be more specific. Now we want to make sure that ball’s moving.”Players offered mix assessments on how much the Lakers coaching staff have preached that number. Clarkson said Walton has addressed the number “a lot,” while others have just sensed the progress from their own performance.“Throughout the game, we don’t really think about it,” Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell said. “But we can tell when the ball is flowing and when it’s not.” Catching onThe moment went viral as soon as Russell held out his forearm. Amid his career-high 39-points against Brooklyn on March 1 during his rookie season, Russell pointed to his forearm and mentioned he had “ice in my veins.”Soon enough, numerous Lakers fans have posted videos of themselves performing the gesture. Russell found the reaction “funny” and “wild.”“That really blew up,” Russell said. “I didn’t think it would. But I’m running with it. I’m looking forward toward making ‘Ice in my veins’ moments.” “Just the system,” Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson said. “We’re all having fun and we want to see each other do well. There’s a lot of balance on this team. We got a lot of guys scoring in double figures. It could be anybody’s night. So we’re trying to find a hot hand.”Why did the Lakers fail to hit the hot hand consistently last season?“We got a new system put in place,” Clarkson said, pausing before walking away. He clarified afterwards that he simply lost his train of thought. Lakers forward Julius Randle finished Clarkson’s answer. “We see that it works,” Randle said. “That’s really the difference. We see it and I think it’s contagious.” Not contagious enough, though. After shifting from an assistant coach of a contender to the head coach of a rebuilding team, Luke Walton has already managed to bring something from Golden State to the Lakers.No, it’s not Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green. Instead, Walton has stressed pass or fail after Warriors coach Steve Kerr preached the same thing“I know the scale is tilted with the team we had up there,” Walton said. “But most nights we had over 300, we had high assists and won a lot of ball games.”The Lakers entered Tuesday’s contest against Brooklyn at Staples Center averaging 286 passes per game. That marks an increase from the 281 passes the Lakers averaged last season during Kobe Bryant’s final year under Byron Scott’s offense that put less emphasis on 3-point shooting and analytics. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more